Streams and wetlands on your property can offer great benefits. These resources provide beautiful visual appeal, increase resale value, help filter/manage stormwater, and promote biological diversity. However, these water resources can negatively impact and limit the usage of your property, and are often heavily regulated. Without an understanding of potential issues, these resources can become a heavy financial liability. Being proactive can avoid huge restoration and legal costs and prevent damage to your property and land. So how can you manage the water assets on your property, avoid violating regulations, and protect against property damage?
Following are critical action items to implement before you purchase a property and/or when you own a property:
- Assess the site for the presence of wetlands and streams even before you purchase a property. Although wetlands provide many benefits, they can greatly limit the use and development of a property. Streams amp up the aesthetics of a site but they can also cause safety issues and jeopardize property and infrastructure if erosion occurs. Knowing the issues before you invest in a property can avoid huge financial losses.
- If you’ve already purchased a property, review the site for the presence of water resources. If present, those water resources should be evaluated for safety and for degradation that could damage your property.
- If it is determined that you have water resources on your property, regularly monitor the water resources. This is especially critical if you have a stream near buildings and/or infrastructure to protect against future encroachment.
- If issues have been identified, Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG) can provide maintenance and management recommendations and can help you implement those recommendations.
Assessments performed by our team of certified and accredited professionals can help you understand the potential for property damage as well as legal restrictions. Understanding these issues is the best way to save money and protect your property.
Leave It to the Professionals
DRG’s team of experts, from biologists and wetland scientists to regulatory specialists, and ecosystem managers, can evaluate, assess, monitor, and provide maintenance for your streams and wetlands to avoid costly repercussions. Proactive assessment, regular monitoring, and critical management with a team of experts is the best way to protect yourself, your property, and your investment.